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Everything posted by wolfe_man

  1. All American CP? Paint chipping off padding

    Now you need to buy these pads and harness. https://m.ebay.com/itm/NEW-ALL-AMERICAN-Umpire-Catchers-Facemask-AA-13-V/182958968434?hash=item2a99344e72:g:QGgAAOSwsFpaGJpn
  2. New umpire getting started with his kids

    My take on The Rules: Learn them as well as you can, but don't stress too much where you become a rule-nazi instead of letting the kids play. In my opinion, and I'm sure some will disagree with me here, the rules are there to keep the playing field level and not allow either team an advantage. Most rules are common sense, but you'll never know them perfectly or exactly, so get the main points down and emphasize the rules about obstruction/interference, bases awarded, balks, etc. Depending on the level of ball you'll be calling, there are different points of emphasis (POE's). If you know the rules well enough to keep the game moving without creating a disadvantage for either team, then you're doing your job. The games should be decided by the kids playing and not by a rule that isn't completely understood. Aim for learning and knowing all of the rules well - but don't be too hard on yourself when you miss a call. You will miss a call, especially when you're learning. There is surprisingly a lot more to watch when you're an umpire that you didn't think of, or need to watch, as a coach/fan. You don't get to take plays off, or relax for a minute, or you miss the call. Simply knowing all of the rules won't make you a great umpire. It's equal parts hard work (lots to learn and can be surprisingly physical at times), focus (can't let mind/eyes wander but have to stay locked in), hustle (to get in the right position to view the play), knowledge of the rules (and when to enforce them exactly), and then timing your call. You're already doing it for the right reasons, so keep that perspective throughout your journey and I'm sure you will do a fine job! Best of luck in your first year!
  3. Several items for sale

    All prices include shipping within continental USA. Diamond mask harness (used) $10 Wilson memory foam pads (used a couple times) $25
  4. Several items for sale

    @Thunderheads lock it up please. Thank you.
  5. These have been worn maybe 5 times. They are in great condition. The only flaw on them I know of is the presence of rust on some of the rivets - and we all know that is unavoidable with moisture and metal being what it is. $50 includes FREE shipping within the continental USA.
  6. Honig's K20-16" shinguards ---- $50

    @Thunderheads lock it up please. Thank you.
  7. All American CP? Paint chipping off padding

    It looks great. Congrats!
  8. What are these worth? I found a pair for around $125 shipped for brand-new in the box. Are these better than the new NB MU460v3 plate shoes? I've not heard very good things about the New Balance, so I'm kind of scared to shell out $150 for them. I've heard they're hard to keep clean, tear easily, etc. Thanks!
  9. Reebok Field Magistrate plate shoes?

    I’d hop on them or they’ll be gone. I bought the11.5 D and that was his last pair of those.
  10. Reebok Field Magistrate plate shoes?

    I'll keep my eyes peeled, but getting harder and harder to find any Reeboks now.
  11. Reebok Field Magistrate plate shoes?

    https://stripes-and-strikes.myshopify.com/collections/vendors?q=Reebok I can say they only have like 11.5 4E, 11.5 D and like 15E left. Sizes are very limited.
  12. Retirement? Sale

    I have no personal dealings with this person, but be careful of checks. In my understanding, all banks will cash any check - but it could still come back and have insufficient funds (aka bounce) and then you're responsible as the account-holder. If you take checks, I'd wait 3-4 days for it to clear as Kyle is recommending before I sent out any gear. As a rule, I don't do checks. This is why I use PayPal, once they send money to my account - it's mine and I don't have to worry about being stuck with losing my gear and the buyer's rubber funds. I'll pay a small fee to not have to do the waiting or worrying game. Of course, if you utilize the Friends and Family option, then there are no fees either.
  13. Several items for sale

    Updated again with what is left. Diamond harness $10 Wilson black mem foam pads $25 Both together for $30
  14. Reebok Field Magistrate plate shoes?

    Thanks - that's exactly what I was looking for. I know some didn't like the "Shamu" stripes on the side, but I've read positive reviews as well from the same folks who just wished they were all black.
  15. Several items for sale

    1. Wilson tan leather pads (new) 2. Wilson black memory foam pads (used a couple times) 3. +POS harness (new style harness, brand new, just put a pic with OP) 4. Diamond harness (used but in good condition) 5. Wilson MLB harness sold (post updated now)
  16. What is this mask?

    Ultimately, I'm fine with it being either Wilson or Nike as I like it, but in my quest to understand I am exploring all the possibilities. I not only want to understand what it is now, but if I see another one come up for sale then I want to know if I should be paying Wilson or Nike prices! In my humble opinion, my mask is clearly different from the Wilson DynaLite catcher models A3007, A3008 and A3010. I have stripped vinyl off about 6-7 of the Wilson's because I think they are very close to the Nike's and I can normally pick them up on eBay for under $40 shipped. Once you remove the vinyl these masks really lighten up - you would be amazed at how much of a difference it makes! These old Wilson DynaLite catcher models A3007 and A3008 are very solid masks that offer a good view for a great price. I'd encourage you to pick one up to play with over the winter months if you see one. However, with all of this discussion and experience, I still believe the mask in my OP is a Nike Steel. It has different dimensions and looks and feels different than the Wilson's that I own and have held, so I'm going to call it my Nike. Thanks to all of you whom have weighed in and offered feedback/ideas.
  17. What is this mask?

    Can anyone confirm what this is? I think it’s a Nike college steel. It’s pretty light. Thanks
  18. What is this mask?

    Side by side (sorry pics are sideways) - mask at top is Wilson A3008 DynaLite (vinyl stripped, unpainted) - middle is "Nike" - bottom is A3007 DynaLite (vinyl stripped, painted silver)
  19. What is this mask?

    Side by side showing "Nike" is wider than DynaLite
  20. What is this mask?

    Just for the sake of conversation, not argument. I took some more pics of this "Nike" next to my DynaLite's A3007 and A3008. This mask that I have is wider and shorter than the DynaLite's. I am still convinced my OP is a Nike - but I think the original steel models used a slightly wider U-bar/bullring/wicket at the bottom than the current models. Perhaps it was a different supplier than current? I know the current models of steel and Ti are the same, but the older models were not always that way. Lastly, the new-to-me mask is noticeably lighter than my DynaLite catcher's models, even with TW pads on it. The "Nike" is wider (11" DL vs 12" N), shorter (14" DL vs 13" N), has bigger/wider "ears" and has a longer & straighter "chin" than the DynaLite (see pics). I'll have to split up the pics due to sizing unfortunately.
  21. Several items for sale

    Updated pricing and what is still available.
  22. WTB: Nike, Adidas, Reebok Steel Mask

    Sorry- just re-read post. Mine is not a steel but a Ti.
  23. What is this mask?

    Here is the link the silver mask with TW pads. This was MadMax mask and he called it a Nike Steel. This is where I looked before I purchased it to make sure, but then second-guessed myself. http://umpire-empire.com/topic/65819-fs-nike-steel-mask-bright-silver-mipc-nike-harness/
  24. What is this mask?

    It is definitely NOT a Wilson WTA3007 which can be confused with a Nike at first glance, much like a +POS. Closer inspection can discount both Wilson and +POS rather quickly due to ear guard placement and sizing. Below is a pic of a Wilson WTA3007 for example. If you look at its ear guards, you'll know that this is NOT a Nike. Nike uses that extra wide ear guard - and the arrow strut on the top of both guards is more defined on a Nike mask. Wilson (as shown below) rounds the top ear guard down - whereas Nike is straight out from the mask in a 90-degree perpendicular (imaginary) line from the dead center of the mask. Finally, Wilson's bottom ear guard is rounded more versus Nike has a more angular shape, especially at the bend on the bottom of the ear guards.
  25. WTB: Nike, Adidas, Reebok Steel Mask

    I'll have a Nike available for sale within the next week. If you don't have one by then, I'll reach back out to you. I put in 2 offers on eBay and won both - I really only wanted one. I'm just waiting on both masks to ship to me.